Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gettin' busy

I'm new to this beekeeping thing, but so far - it's pretty cool. The bees have been busy.

I have no idea how much honey they should be making, nor at what rate we need to add more supers, so my son and I are kind of playing it by ear.

He stoked up the smoker. He's one of those kids who likes fire - so he loves this job. i got on the bee suite and we went to work.

We checked the combs and the bees had been busy, every one we saw was filled with honey. All of this in only a couple of weeks.

We replaced the super, then added another. my son and his friend looked on, smoking the whole time.

It will be interesting to see what happens the rest of the summer.


Diane-Sage said...

Before I moved here, there were several bee hives around here but the 2008 fire wiped them out. So I will enjoy reading about your experience and who knows the bee hives may live once again here on the property.
Love the post.

Doug said...

I'm sure they will be back. Bee numbers in general are down, though.

So far it has been fun!

Woodduck said...

Good luck with the hive. Let me know if you ever want to sell some honey, locally.

Doug said...

I've got to wait and see what happens this fall. Our friends harvested 5 gallons of honey last year.

I'll be more likely to just give you some if we get that much.

Woodduck said...

Wow! Hope you get five gallons then. 'Sposed to be good for allergies if it comes from your area. I mix about three tsp of honey w/ same amount of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day for a health drink.